COVID-19 Updates & Information
For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power,
of love and of self-discipline.
(2 Timothy 1:7)
Dear Messiah Family,
As we enter into Phase 2 of the re-opening of the state, Messiah is taking small steps towards opening the church for in-person worship services. We want to have appropriate health and safety protocols in place and working well before we fully open. We will be increasing the number of people participating on Sunday by approximately 5 each week. We are inviting people and their families based on their involvement with the service and their response to the recent survey that members received.
In the meantime, everyone who has Internet can continue to watch our services live on Sundays. Facebook users can watch and post greetings, prayer requests, and words of encouragement on our Facebook newsfeed (link also available on our Livestream page). Those not on Facebook can also view the live service on our website's Livestream page -- click the orange button for Non-Facebook Users. Past livestreams are also available to watch on on Facebook or on our website Livestream page.
Holy Communion will continue to be offered in the parking lot following the livestream service. Every precaution will be taken: washing hands, wearing gloves and masks, sanitizing the Eucharistic vessels, and not touching the wafers. Also available will be small bags with additional consecrated wafers for you to receive Communion at home each week.
During our livestreamed services, we will provide a moment when we can all receive Holy Communion at the same time. Bishop John Guernsey has given us permission to do this, with the understanding that these consecrated wafers are to be treated with great care.
When you come to the parking lot to receive Communion, please follow these procedures:
Please stay in your car, then roll down your window as we approach. We will ask you how you’re doing and if you have any needs.
We will pass the bag of wafers to you, along with the palm.
We will then pray for you and give you a blessing.
You can place your offering in the church’s mailbox, which will be left open for your convenience; offerings will be taken in and secured afterwards. Of course you can also mail your check to our address, 816 Kempsville Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23320; or you may give a secure donation online via Paypal. Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!